Posts from: November 2011

Being a Parent = Being a Master at Multitasking

Like most parents I know, I try to jam as many things into a day (and, lets face it, night) as humanly possible.  There never seems to be enough time in a day to get all of my work and chores done, while still making time for fun! 

That is why I LOVE it when I can get something I need done, while still having fun with the kiddos.  Play time for the kiddos…check.  Weekly trip to the grocery store…check. Hooray, everyone is happy. 

Here are some ideas on how you can infuse some kid-s...

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Cindy McCarthy

Get to Know the NPN Westtown Neighborhood Group

The NPN Neighborhood groups are a great way to make new friends, find playdates for your little ones and discover new resources.

Marcie Wolbeck leads the Westtown Neighborhood Group and plans fun get-togethers every month!  Join her at one (or all) of the upcoming events, including the Pump it Playdate on Nov 29, Kid City on Dec 5 and the Kookaburra event on Dec 14.

We asked Marcie a few questions to help you get to know her and the group.  You can always reach out to her directly ...

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM by Amy Johnson

Get Your Girls in the Game!

Get Your Girls in the Game!

Introducing your daughters to sports at a young age          

When it comes to introducing young girls to sports play, I constantly hear “in due time.” Many parents, park districts/community programs and pre-schools seem to have this idea that an early introduction to sports isn't necessary.  While this does not shock me, what does cause surprise is the suggestion to wait until 3rd or 4th grade.  However, I strongly believe that the earlier you encourage...

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM by Barb Lazarus

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Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt - Chicago City Style

Wear out your little ones with this easy and fun urban adventure! Don't let bad weather stop you - if its just a little rainy - get our your coats, boots, and umbrellas and splash around.  If it's cold, keep the fun indoors and come up with your own list of unusual inside items.

For the great outdoors - head straight out your front door with this list and a marker.  Stroll around your neighborhood and start the hunt! Add your own items to help your little ones have an outstanding adventure...

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Recruit Little Helping Hands This Thanksgiving

The air these days is heavy with anticipation. Trees are arriving by the truckload, Starbucks is playing holiday music, and the rest of the retailers have festooned their walls with garland and Christmas baubles.

Hang on. What date is it again?

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday madness. It’s all so sparkly, so festive. To borrow a line from of my favorite Yuletide ditties, “we [all] need a little Christmas,” especially in these uncertain and troubled times.

I get i...

Posted on November 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Melissa Graham

Cooking with Kids - Thanksgiving Fun!

With Thanksgiving upon us, Elena Marre of The Kids' Table has shared a few fall favorites from The Kids' Table recipe collection.  These healthy, tasty and seasonal dishes can warm your families' bellies and souls during these chilly late autumn and winter months.  Turn meal prep into family time by enlisting your child(ren)'s help.  Kids as young as two can mix batter or dressing, mash squash and tear herbs.  By helping in the kitchen, children will learn about basic cooking techniques an...

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Elena Marre

Happy Thanksgiving from NPN!

In the spirit of being thankful, NPN wants to say thank you to our loyal community of parents.  Stay tuned for our first ever BLACK FRIDAY offer!

We will be featuring Thanksgiving blog topics all week long. Gobble up our fun and festive tips for enjoying the holiday with your little turkeys!


Just a reminder that our ticket presale for our annual Pre-New Year's Eve Family Celebration at Lil'Kickers Bradley Place ends on Thanksgiving Day! Take your kids of ALL ages out and celebr...

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Playdate of the Month: November Gratitude Gathering

As a parent, there is so much more to be thankful for than I ever realized before I became one almost five years ago. Itʼs all about the simple things from being well, to making new friends, and the cutest things our children say and do every day.

This month, I was inspired by my girlfriends who I share so many great, { and no so great}, daily moments with just being moms. The women whoʼs smiles, coffee breaks, advice, thoughtfulness, and play dates all help all make “our worlds” go ro...

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM by Anne Book

Perk Alert! Discounts for Expectant & New Parents

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Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM by Melanie Schlachter